Everyone knows the New York Knicks have been looking for frontcourt help going into next season. However, to say the pickings are slim on the free agent market would be a gross understatement. That led to the Knicks holding a two-day mini camp in which they invited several veterans to display their skills in hope of an NBA contract. One such player was Josh Powell who will now be coming to the Knicks' training camp hoping to fill the teams' fifteenth roster spot.
Powell played for Lokomotiv-Rostov in Russia in 2003, Scafati Basket in Italy from 2003-04, the Southern Crescent Lightning of the World Basketball Association (WBA) in 2004, JuveCaserta Basket in Italy from 2004-05, the Southern Crescent Lightning of the WBA in 2005 and the Dallas Mavericks from 2005-06.
In 2006 the Mavericks sent Powell to the Fort Worth Flyers of the NBA D-League. He played for the Indiana Pacers from 2006-07, the Golden State Warriors in 2007, the Los Angeles Clippers from 2007-08, the Los Angeles Lakers from 2008-10, the Atlanta Hawks from 2010-11, the Liaoning Dinosaurs in China from 2011-12, the Brujos de Guayama in Puerto Rico in 2012 and Olympiacos in Greece from 2012-13.
Powell has won two NBA championships with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010 and won a Euroleague championship in 2013.
Offensely Powell does most of his damage in the post and from offensive rebounds. However, he also gets opportunities on fast breaks because he runs the floor well. Powell has a mid-range jumper and the catch and shoot from inside the foul line. He has good strength for fighting inside the post.
He uses his strength, quickness and explosiveness to finishes at the rim. well due to his explosiveness and strength. Mostly, Powell is an energy player who crashes the offensive glass aggressively.
On Defense Powell tends to commit too many fouls. However, he has very good lateral quickness which allows him to overcome his lack of size when playing the center position. While he has some solid physical tools he's shown a low defensive basketball IQ during his career. However, his experience has helped him improve since his college years. One thing he has on his side is his ability to rebound and prevent second chances for opponents.
Unfortunately, Powell is only average in terms of height. However, his wingspan allows him to play taller than his reality. Additionally, he's very strong and won't be overtaken in the paint. Powell also has very good leaping ability and runs the floor well.
Even though his mid-range jumper is satisfactory he's not much of an offensive weapon and is only someone you want catching alley-oops and scoring off of open passes under the rim and fast break opportunities.
One thing in his favor is Powell's ability to rebound the ball well. That being said, his entire game is built off of using his strength and high effort level to contribute. Powell can plays tough defense but he is too foul prone to be relied upon as a main defensive cog.
While Powell isn't the worst player the Knicks could end up signing as their fifteenth roster spot but it's hard to argue he's the best either. Powell was the tenth player in the Lakers rotation during his years in Los Angeles. That was four to six years ago.
You'd have to think someone such as Louis Amundson, Drew Gooden or Hamed Haddadi could potentially have more of an impact on the Knicks roster than Powell. That being said, the Knicks could certainly do worse. What do you think about Powell getting a training camp invite? Could he make the roster?
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